Journal article

"It's just what you do": Australian middle-class heterosexual couples negotiating compulsory parenthood

Damien W Riggs, Clare Bartholomaeus

FEMINISM & PSYCHOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

A distinction is often made between the “choice” of not having children and the claim that having children is “natural”. What disappears in this distinction is the fact that having children is most often a choice. This choice, however, is rendered invisible through the naturalisation of parenthood as a normatively expected aspect of adulthood. Whilst this argument is not new, the topic of how heterosexual couples come to decide to have children has received relatively little attention within the academic literature. This paper reports on findings from the first stage of a longitudinal interview study focused on Australian middle-class heterosexual couples planning for a first child. A themat..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Australian Research Council under a Future Fellowship, FT130100087.